The Cork native, 39, has earned rave reviews for his portrayal of feared family boss Tomas Selby in the BBC hit Peaky Blinders and the scale of profits recorded by Murphy’s firm in its first year would make the ambitious Selby proud.
Newly filed figures for Murphy’s Fionntra Siamsa Teoranta show that, as of the end of December 2014, the firm was sitting on a cash pile of €201,869. The firm was only incorporated on December 2, 2013 and the its assets included €262,419 owed by debtors.
The accounts — signed off by Murphy and his wife, Yvonne McGuinness on July 28 — show that €99,342 was owed to creditors at year end, made up of €85,929 in corporation tax and €10,911 in Vat. The firm is owned by Murphy and McGuinness on a 50/50 basis.
A subsidiary firm owned by Murphy and McGuinness, Mám an Óraigh Teoranta, owned tangible assets of €390,000 and owed the same amount to creditors at the end of December.
Having started his career in showbiz with Cork rock band Sons of Mr Green Genes, he has mixed work on Hollywood smash hits such as 28 Days Later, The Wind That Shakes the Barley, Batman Begins, and Inception together with locally produced movies such as Breakfast on Pluto.
He is expected to add to his company’s coffers with one upcoming Hollywood movie, In the Heart of the Sea, based on real events in the 1800s that inspired Herman Melville’s classic novel Moby Dick. The film has been given a December release date.
Murphy is currently filming Free Fire, a British crime drama, and a Second World War thriller, Anthropoid along with fellow Irish actor Jamie Dornan of 50 Shades of Grey fame.
Directed by Sean Ellis, Anthropoid is based on the true story of Operation Anthropoid, which saw two Czech soldiers, trained by British forces, parachuted into Nazi-occupied Prague in 1942 to attack SS officer Reinhard Heydrich, known as ‘The Butcher of Prague’.
Last year, Murphy returned to the stage to star in Enda Walsh’s Ballyturk, on which he was joined by Stephen Rea and Mikel Murfi.